Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Who Is Really Blocking Alberta's Cellphone Law?
Once again it looks like Alberta has missed the boat. Earlier this week it looks like the Stelmach government will once again delay (or kill) MLA Art Johnston's distracted driving bill. Art is my MLA and I know how hard he has worked on this bill. As a former police officer he truly believes that it will save lives. In the Herald article Monday, I sensed his frustration and kudos for him for speaking his mind about his disappointment. This bill has been in the works forever and keeps getting pushed into "committee" so the old boys can delay it. With friends like these.....
Trying to read between the lines, I am at a loss as to why the government would be so opposed to it. I know that some use the argument about "government interference in our personal lives", but we are talking about texting/calling while driving here people! I like to speed sometimes also, but that damn government and all their rules and such just will not let me. The Premier has a long list of "reasons" about enforcement and such, but Don Braid shot holes through that in his article today.
So what is the real reason for the government push-back? I think its quite obvious.... its the rural folk. The rural Albertan's have been cursing this bill since its inception. They don't like to be told "what to do" and I think that the PC party is scared of pissing them off and losing their valuable votes. To me, I am at a loss as to why a small group of people can dictate the social, legal and financial policy of the rest of the province. Rural issues matter, but not at the expense of the safety of the rest of Albertans. God forbid some Andy Griffith look-a-like pull over Bubba for talking on the ol' CB while driving.
What's next for my rural-run government? A cabinet full of Rural MLA's that are sympathetic to needs of Calgary/Edmonton? Perhaps they will push some sort of Royalty Review now that the rural hotels are empty, save for the drunks who sit at the stools all day and talk about the good ol days of Strom and Manning. Perhaps they will work on a plan to get their budget balanced and allow MLA's to speak their minds and allow good bills to pass in this province.
As I stated, I think the Government is scared of alienating the rural vote. Perhaps they should consider alienating urban voters and supporters that are hanging on by a thread.
I wish. 10-4 Good Buddy!